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A message has appeared - Printer error has occurred. Contact

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A message has appeared - Printer error has occurred. Contact the service center.
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Printer Technician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: Right before I got that error message the printer told me I need to replace some ink, but before I was able to replace the ink the error message appeared. I tried to shut the machine down but when I turned it back on it was the same error message
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Customer: No
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.

Can you please tell me the make/model of the printer, and what the complete error message is that you are seeing?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Canon MX882 Printer error has occurred. Contact the service Center. Just before this message I got an indication the ink need to be replaced but before I could do that the error message appeared
Expert:  Nathan replied 8 months ago.

Please look carefully at the top of the printer screen. It should give you a specific error code number like b200, 5100, C000, etc

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
5B00
Expert:  Nathan replied 8 months ago.

Thank you for confirming.

Do not try to replace the ink, or even open it at this point if you have not already, as you'll want to return it at this point.

Unfortunately, there is no quick or easy fix here. This message indicates a hardware problem, specifically that that the internal "ink absorber system" is full. The ink absorber is a series of pads/tanks, which catch drips from the printhead when parked, and is also used for maintenance tasks like cleaning and purging.

Eventually this absorber fills up, and the printer shuts down operations, as continuing to operate it can result in ink overflowing the system, damaging your desk, flooring, etc

While it is sometimes possible to temporarily reset the counter, this is dangerous as the system will likely overflow. Cleaning/emptying/replacing the system is a difficult and messy process as well, best left to a qualified service technician. This service is generally not practical though - it's going to run you $150-250 for repairs, which just isn't worth it for an older printer. This is a 6 year old model, that was built for a service life of only 3 years. If you have reached the point that the absorber has filled, then other wear items like the printhead, feed rollers, etc are also going to be at the end of their lives and need service/replacement soon.

Given the costs and complexity of fixing this issue, you'd be better off replacing the printer. You can get a brand new and better machine, with current technology and a fresh warranty, for about $80, which makes more sense than investing in the older machine.

I can recommend replacement options for you if you'd like, or if you'd prefer to try having it serviced or working on it yourself, I can advise further on those options. Replacement would be your best bet though, economically speaking.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,

Nathan

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Expert:  Nathan replied 8 months ago.

Do you need more help with this?